I’m a firm believer that I should be asking myself “why” with everything I do. If the answer isn’t in line with my goals or my priorities, I probably shouldn’t be doing it. This is easier said than done, but I try to execute on this as it helps me get to where I want to go. When I wake up early to workout and myself “why” I am getting up so early to live a life of health, the answer is not as simple as it may seem.
The easy and obvious answer is that trying to get healthy is good for me. It can help me live longer and with a higher quality of life. But that is too easy, there is more to this. We all want to live a higher quality of life, that’s a given. But I also think most of us do it for more altruistic and selfless reasons. These reasons are, most likely, different for everyone but I would bet these reasons have a common theme.
My “why” has evolved over time. When I first started on my health and fitness journey, I was a little younger and was doing it to look good at the pool. I then proposed and my why turned into getting in shape for my wedding. I fell off the wagon for a bit, and then my why was because we wanted to have kids and wanting to be healthy for that endeavor. After the birth of my son, my why turned into being healthy for him; which is still my why. The funny thing is, my “why” for him has evolved and will continue to evolve as he gets older. When he was first born, my why was just to be there for him. My why evolved over a few years and now is so that I can play in the yard with him and coach his little league sports. I know that as he matures, my why for him will evolve to be in his life and hopefully his kids life.
Writing this post has conjured many emotions but mainly one of happiness. My why is solely dedicated for my family and always will. I want to be with them as long as possible and have an extraordinary quality of life with them.
What is your why? I would love to hear them!